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January 18 2018 0Comment

Structure Wiring pt. 3

Why so Many Wires? So far, the structured wiring system described does not offer much beyond a house’s standard wiring. This is where the second cable and phone lines become important. The first cable line carries a signal from the control box to the wall plate —for example, a satellite TV signal. The second cable […]

January 13 2018 0Comment

Tear Down or Renovate

If I have a choice between renovation and teardown, how do I decide? Usually the key factors are the current condition of the house and what you want out of a new house. Older homes can have severe problems that make them financially unfeasible to repair, such as heavy infestations of mold or pests, extensive […]

January 13 2018 0Comment

Structured Wiring pt. 2

As a starting point, it is useful to think of a structured wiring system in terms of a house’s electrical system. Electricity flows into the house through a main power cable. This cable connects to a circuit breaker box, where it is separated and sent down smaller electric lines. These lines wind their way through […]

January 06 2018 0Comment

Structured Wiring pt. 1

What Is Structured Wiring? Structured wiring is a generic term used to describe many different types of residential wiring products currently on the market. These products all have the same basic purpose: to efficiently distribute a variety of data signals throughout your home. Signal types supported range from familiar ones, such as cable television and […]

January 06 2018 0Comment

BIM in Residential Construction

BIM used by a growing percentage of architects, BIM is certainly going to be the normal way of doing business in the construction of commercial buildings. I suspect it will used in the design of apartment buildings and large scale residential projects also.  But will companies need to supply BIM files for products used in […]

January 06 2018 0Comment

From the Ground Up: Framing

A frame is the skeleton of a house. If the frame is strong, it provides the necessary support for everything that follows. But if it’s weak, no amount of expensive finishes will hide the flaws: Those perfectly plastered walls will begin to crack every time a door slams, the granite countertops will gradually fall out […]

March 03 2015 2Comments

Female Engineers – Winning with the Velvet Glove

So this blog and others like it have exhausted the facts and figured about women in engineering and how wonderful it all is for us to be there. I want to talk about something I’ve experienced that gave a new spin on why companies should hire and promote female engineers. Not all female engineers will […]

February 27 2015 4Comments

What makes engineering consulting different

Its been a while since I posted – readers will realise that my lull in posts has coincided with my move to Johannesburg and my starting a new job in engineering consulting. The past 2.5 months at my new company have been a whirlwind of excitement. Being thrown into two projects in the midst of […]

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